Lilongwe University of Agriculture targets on-campus accommodation for all

The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) says it will construct more hostels at its Bunda campus to ensure that almost all students admitted at the institution have access to accommodation on campus.

Construction progress on the 212 bed hostel

Construction progress on the 212 bed hostel

 Vice Chancellor of Luanar Prof. George Kanyama Phiri

Vice Chancellor of Luanar Prof. George Kanyama Phiri

The Vice Chancellor Professor George Kanyama Phiri said this Thursday on the sidelines of a tour by the country’s Vice President Saulos Chilima to some reform projects the university is implementing.

The institution is carrying out construction projects of a 212 bed female hostel and a concrete block hostel with a capacity of 240 beds in bunk bed format.

“Through the current projects and future ones, we are aiming at doing away with problems of accommodation by bringing in all the students to the campus,” Kanyama Phiri said adding that there will construct hostels of different qualities with different price ranges for students’ affordability and choice.

Over the years, the intake of LUANAR has increased from 800 to about 5,000 thereby putting pressure on accommodation, teaching and learning facilities.

The Vice Chancellor said the lack of accommodation facilities in most public universities was denying many people opportunities to access tertiary education.

“The absence of hostels is most prohibitive. We are up to 5,000 students yet the accommodation is only for about 1,000 students.

The majority of students look for accommodation in the villages and that is not university life,” Kanyama Phiri said.

He added that the LUANAR intends to bring in more students as it increases the hostel with a target intake of 9,000 by 2020.

Project Manager and Estate Development Officer at LUANAR Chimwemwe Nyirongo said the 212 bed female hostel is worth MK1.3 billion and is being funded by the Norwegian government through Malawi government.

This project started last year on May 11, 2016 and is expected to be completed by 30th September 30, 2016.

The 240 bed concrete block is worth MK138 million and is largely funded by resources generated locally.

“This is LUANAR’s own initiative to address the accommodation challenges through its own resources. The council’s initiative is to improve students’ accommodation because of Bunda’s geographical position being away from town,” Nyirongo said.

The concrete block project, which started on August 17, 2015, is expected to be through by June 30, 2016, according to Nyirongo.

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nicki
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nicki
4 months 4 days ago
This is the mistake we make in malawi..govt should not build accommodation or provide accommodation. ..to civil servants…people should rent houses. Its nir a duty of govt to provide accommodation to its citizens or servants but it hss s duty to provide classrooms..hospitals..police stations etc .evrn the most stupid person ive mrt knows that s teachers house cost over the cost of building two classes or a 30bed ward. ..amene ali ndi issue andiimbire fone or thet just buy a tissue to cry on.for every teacher..or police. .or nurse house the govt builds it using thr money it coulf have… Read more »
NgatiKamudzu
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NgatiKamudzu
4 months 5 days ago

If mistaken,forgive me. He looks like Che Kamuzu!!!!

Munthuson
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Munthuson
4 months 4 days ago

Identical twin brother

chikopa
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chikopa
4 months 5 days ago

Koma yeah! What will be the impact of the graduates to Malawian society? It is useless If you cannot figure it out.

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